Millennials are famous for being social media addicts. Since as early as 2003, our generation have acquired social media accounts such as Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vine, and Snapchat. These are only the most used social media sites. There are hundreds of social media sites that have been created, and many more to come in the future. We are a Social Media Generation and society.
Some people believe that social media allows young people to interact with one another online from all around the world. Others may believe that social media hinders young people from developing healthy socialization skills, completing everyday activities, and or living life freely. Either way you look at it, social media has taken over our society, no matter if you’re young or old. It is apart of the way we live today.
Since 2006, I’ve been apart of the social media epidemic, when I first joined Tagged.com. It wasn’t until 2007, when I joined MySpace, that I actually felt myself delve deeper into this anti-social, social media world. Between 2007-2011, I joined Facebook, then Twitter, Keek, KiK, and even Vine. In 2012, I joined Instagram as a way to keep up with my friends with iPhones. When I first joined Instagram, I actually liked the app because I saw that users were taking and uploading photos of their everyday lives. This included photos of friends and family, food, their cars, and or crazy adventures they engulfed on, on that particular day/time. Today, Instagram has changed for the better and for the worst. You can’t get on Instagram today without seeing rows and rows of people taking “selfies” of themselves. Selfies are pictures taken by a person of themselves, particular their faces or upper body range. You also see ‘over-the-top’ “memes” made by people to either get a laugh or to insult someone. It’s getting ridiculous!
Last year over the summer, I decided to test myself in many ways. One of the many tests I embraced was to see how long I could go without using Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. Facebook had to be the easiest to resist because after my freshman year of university, I stopped logging on as much. Today, I just started getting back on. Any who, I didn’t get on Instagram, Twitter and or YouTube for over 3.5 months. I’m not saying it was an accomplishment, but I actually didn’t miss it when I wasn’t constantly on it. I didn’t know about the latest gossip. I didn’t know about new songs, or any other inane social media spill. It was a relief to actually enjoy life without being tied down to my phone.
I’m not saying all social media is bad, and I don’t blame social media for the none sense that my generation spreads, but it has a lot to do with igniting the fuel for these such things. When I took my social media hiatus, I was able to observe and pay attention to people and the environment around me. I started noticing things that have always been in my life that I ignored, because I was always attached to my phone. I feel like many people my age, and or younger, are so attached to their technologies and social media apps so much that they lose touch of their reality. It’s easy to see a post on Twitter and Instagram, and because it received thousands of likes or retweets, you start believing that it is true. It takes a strong, conscious, and liberating individual to separate entertainment, such as social media, and everyday life apart. I am glad that I am free enough to do that, at any moment of my life.
Ultimately, social media is a great way for people of all ages to interact with one another. Young people have taken social media networks to another level. A lot of us have become too attached to these sites, and should appreciate the real-world separate from social media. Social media has allowed everyday people to communicate with their favorite celebrities, long lost friends, and even launch their own careers, but the longevity of its success will continue to have a negative effect on our generation as a whole. The advancement of technology and the increasing epidemic of social media can lead our generation down a unriveting path of nothingness, if we continue to over-use its services. The idea of social media allowing people to stay connected has ultimately unconnected us to the world, to our friends and family, and to ourselves. I hope that many people in my generation are strong enough to unplug, and reconnect themselves to the intrinsic way of a quality life.